Bishops Cleeve 2 Yate Town 2
Tuesday 26th September 2023
Southern League Division One South
In a pulsating game, that gave full value for money for the crowd, this was an excellent advert for Southern League football.
Yate manager Darren Mullings was forced into one change from the team that beat Westbury in their last game bringing in Sam Pashen for the injured James Bryne, who picked up a knock in training.
From the off it was Yate who attacked with Dylan Lewis a constant threat down the left-hand side. Moments after Lewis had been denied a possible penalty Bishop’s Cleeve broke away and although Aaron Sainsbury in the visitor’s goal was able to push away the initial shot, Harrison Reeves followed up to put the home side ahead after 15 minutes.
But Yate responded by taking the game to their hosts and after Lewis had a shot blocked, a long-ranged shot from Chris Peck was well saved by Lewis Clayton in the home goal after 32 minutes. Yate then had a great chance to equalise when Ewan McMillan headed just wide from a corner.
Lewis continued to cause problems for the home defence and brought a great save from Clayton after 37 minutes as the goalkeeper threw himself to his left to turn the shot past the post.
Bishops Cleeve came back into the game in the final minutes of the half and Aaron Sainsbury was forced into a good save from a low shot.
As the second half action started it was again Yate Town who took control and Lewis Hall fired just over from 20 yards.
As in the last game manager Darren Mullings made changes just before the hour bringing on Joe O’Loughlin and Ryan Hillier for George Box and Chris Peck and 3 minutes later it was Joe O’Loughlin who fired Yate level from 20 yards, his shot going in off the post. This was nothing less than Yate deserved.
In the 68-minute, moments after Dempsey had been booked, Kyle Tooze came on for Brandon Oputeri but it was the home side who came back into the game and Aaron Sainsbury made a great save tipping a shot from just outside the area over the bar.
Two minutes later Ryan Hillier hit the post after great work from the marauding full back Sam Pashen but moments later Ewan McMillan gave away a penalty for a foul. However Ross Langworthy’s spot kick was superbly saved by Sainsbury to keep the scores level.
But this game still had more to offer as Sam Pashen involved in the build-up down the right then went infield and scored with a stunning 25-yard volley that gave Clayton no chance in the home goal after 84 minutes.
Just when Yate felt that they might have got the three points back came Bishops Cleeve and a minute later, following a move down the right Ross Langworthy made the scores level again with a fine header.
In the final minutes both teams looked for a winner but, in the end, it was a fair result and the Yate team can be proud of their point against a top 6 side who had won their last 3 games.
Yate team: Sainsbury, Pashen, L. Hall, McMillan, Parsons, Sage, Oputeri (Tooze 68), Peck (O’Loughlin 55), Dempsey, Lewis, Box (Hillier 55) Unused subs: Brown, J. Hall.
Bishop’s Cleeve: Clayton, Emery (Waugh 65), Turner, Bennett, Holland, Reeves (Selman 57), Dunbar, Langworthy, Malshanskyj, McLean, Geddes
Booked: Dempsey (68) McMillan (81)